Kids: The Lying Boy

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Tommy was in primary 3; he had many friends. He liked to sit at the back of the classroom during class time. He was always talking in class while the teacher was teaching. He always liked to tell so many stories to his friends. His friends would laugh when they listened to Tommy tell them his funny stories. Whenever the teacher would find them laughing while it was class time, they would keep quiet and pretend as if they were reading their storybooks.

Tommy was in primary 3, he had many friends. He liked to sit at the back of the classroom during class time. He was always talking in class while the teacher was teaching. He always liked to tell so many stories to his friends. Tommy’s friends would laugh when they listened to his funny stories. Whenever the teacher found them laughing while the lesson was going on, they would keep quiet and pretend as if they were reading their books.

One day, Tommy lied to his friends that the teacher had told them to bring swimming costumes the following day. He told them that there would be a free-swimming because he knew his friends liked to swim. To make them believe him, he put on a serious face. Tolly, one of Tommy’s friends asked him if he was telling them the truth and Tommy said it was the truth.

When his friends got home, they told their parents that the teacher had told them to bring their swimming costumes to school.

The following day, everybody except Tommy brought swimming costumes and their coloured towels to school. They found out that Tommy was telling lies.

Another day, Tommy’s teacher was teaching their class Math, under a tree in the school compound. It was always cool to study under the tree in the afternoon. The teacher asked Tommy to give out the books to the pupils to do the classwork. Some pupils had pencils to write with but some five boys and three girls did not. Tommy was asked by the teacher to pick extra pencils from the cupboard in the classroom. He stood up and went to the class to collect the pencils.

Tommy came back running, he told the teacher that he did not find pencils in the classroom. The teacher was sure there were pencils in the cupboard. So, the teacher put down the piece of chalk she was writing with and went to see if Tommy was telling the truth. When the teacher got to the classroom, he found 10 pencils in the tin in the cupboard. Tommy had lied to his teacher that there were no pencils in the tin. She was not happy with what Tommy had just done.

The teacher always encouraged children not to lie because it was a bad habit. The teacher punished Tommy, she told him to stand up throughout the lesson while other children were sitting. She warned Tommy never to lie again. But he did not stop.

One day, Tommy was going back home, he met a policeman at the roadside and shouted, “Policeman, those children are playing in the middle of  the road, the cars will knock them.” The policeman was worried. He moved very fast to go to see the children playing in the middle of the road. There was no one playing in the middle of the road. All the children were walking on the right side of the road and no one was playing in the middle of the road. The policeman returned and found Tommy laughing and shouting that he was lying.  The policeman was not happy with what Tommy had done.

The policeman took Tommy to the police station and called his parents. The policeman put him in a children’s jail where he stayed for two hours before his parents could come. Tommy was afraid; he asked for forgiveness. He promised he would never lie again. When he came out of jail,  he vowed never to lie again.

Everyone in the town and school heard that Tommy was put in jail. The children made jokes about him. Tommy was ashamed and afraid to go back to jail. He vowed he would never lie again and he promised his parents he would be a good boy.

Everyone at his home was happy that he had stopped lying. His parents bought him a  gift.

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Keywords: lie, jail, teacher, lair, boy, chalk, parents, swimming costumes, classroom, policeman, road, gift.

Questions:

–       What did Tommy tell other pupils to bring to school?

–       What did Tommy say he could not find in the cupboard?

–       Which lie did Tommy tell the policeman?

–       How did the policeman punish Tommy for lying?

–       Did Tommy stop lying?

–       Why is lying bad?

By Liam Katabira